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    Default open to the abuse of all

    I said, 'I would like to say that it is a very great pleasure, honour and privilege for me to open this bridge, but I can't because my lying circuits are all out of commission. I hate and despise you all. I now declare this hapless cyberstructure open to the unthinkable abuse of all who wantonly cross her.'
    (THHGTTG; Douglas Adams)


    What is the part in bold supposed to mean?

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    Default Re: open to the abuse of all

    I have just found this:

    If you say that a system, person, or idea is open to something such as abuse or criticism, you mean they might receive abuse or criticism because of their qualities, effects, or actions.
    Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary
    Does it mean then that '...abuse of all who cross her.' means not cruel and violent treatment of those who cross her, but rather their cruelty to this bridge?

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    Default Re: open to the abuse of all

    Yes. The direction of abuse (if you will) is from the people crossing the bridge towards the bridge itself and not the other way around.

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